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Exiting the European Union: Topical Questions (14 Dec 2017)

Matthew Pennycook: The House will be aware that yesterday the European Parliament had a vote on a resolution to endorse the agreement reached last week. Can the Secretary of State tell us why, unlike Labour Members of the European Parliament, Conservative MEPs were whipped to abstain and not to vote in support of that joint report?

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Overseas Trade (14 Dec 2017)

Matthew Pennycook: To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what comparative assessment his Department has made of the potential effect on the economy of an independent trade policy and the costs of leaving the EU customs union.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: International treaties and agreements (13 Dec 2017)

Matthew Pennycook: I am not sure how to follow both of those contributions, but hon. Members may be relieved to know that I am going to make a brief one as I rise to speak to amendment 26, which seeks to change clause 8. I will focus on two specific points, the first being the purpose of clause 8 and the second being its scope. The purpose of the clause, as set out in the Bill’s explanatory notes, is to...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Matthew Pennycook: I do not think that that is a fair characterisation of my argument. The right hon. Gentleman has said that there is a possibility, in certain circumstances, of sending the Government back to ask for the deal to be changed. It is possible that that might be turned down, so it is not certain, but it is possible. Does he think that that should be an option, and if so, if he votes against...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Matthew Pennycook: I will be brief, and then leave it there, but I want to pick up on two of the right hon. Gentleman’s points. First, I think there will be time. Last week’s joint agreement makes it clear that there must be time, in accordance with our own procedures, to look at the withdrawal agreement and then ratify it. The right hon. Gentleman said that there is a possibility, on the basis of...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Matthew Pennycook: I do not think that is necessarily the case, for several reasons. First, there is no reason why a withdrawal agreement cannot be reached, perhaps even sooner than October 2018—

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Matthew Pennycook: I think it will take a long time. The Minister can confirm this, but I assume the Government would be pleased to conclude the withdrawal agreement before October 2018, if possible. However, there are several things that might happen, one of which is that the Government go back to the negotiating table and try to improve on the deal. I cannot see what is unreasonable about filling in the gaps...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Matthew Pennycook: What I am saying is that there is any number of options that might happen, but bear in mind there is a period after October 2018 for the Government to return to the negotiating table and seek to revise or improve the terms. It does not necessarily mean an extension of article 50—I know that the right hon. Gentleman is trying to draw me down that path.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Matthew Pennycook: I wish to make a little progress. That is why we tabled new clause 66, which would guarantee, by means of prescribing when exit day for the purposes of this Bill can be appointed, that both Houses have a meaningful vote on the terms of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU and, just as critically, a vote in the event that no such agreement is reached and the Government are determined to take...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Matthew Pennycook: I agree with my hon. Friend’s point about services. I say to all hon. Members who are happy to contemplate a scenario in which the Government walk away from the negotiations and this House is merely a spectator in that outcome, that that is not acceptable and this House should not accept it.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Matthew Pennycook: I will make some progress, I am afraid, because a number of hon. Members wish to speak. Perhaps my hon. Friend the Member for Vauxhall (Kate Hoey) will do so. New clause 66 would ensure that there is a vote on a motion, not just in the event of a withdrawal agreement being concluded, but, crucially, when no such deal has been concluded, should that be the case. That outcome appears less...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Matthew Pennycook: I am very, very pleased to hear that. We will support the right hon. and learned Gentleman and the amendment in that eventuality. I will conclude by saying that, subject to the kind of constraint that would be put in place if amendment 7 were incorporated into the Bill, we remain of the view that the power to appoint an exit day for the purposes of the Bill should be placed in the hands of...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Matthew Pennycook: It is a pleasure, once again, to serve under your chairmanship, Dame Rosie, just as it is to follow the right hon. and learned Member for Rushcliffe (Mr Clarke), the Father of the House, who gave an informed and powerful speech that we would do well to take on board as we proceed in today’s debate. I rise to speak to new clause 66 and amendments 30, 27 and 29, which stand in my name...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Matthew Pennycook: The hon. Gentleman has pre-empted a point I was going to come to. In the scenario he gives, there is no need for the timetable necessarily to be compressed. If it were squeezed, what would that say about the role that Parliament will have on the withdrawal agreement and implementation Bill? In his scenario, there would also be no need for the secondary legislation in this Bill, which could be...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Matthew Pennycook: The right hon. Lady makes a very important point. Although I concede that amendment 7 provides for an additional check because it requires primary legislation, our new clause 66 highlights an important point: we would wish to bind the Government so that Parliament would get a say even in the event of a no-deal scenario. I shall return to that point later.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Matthew Pennycook: I cannot resist.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Matthew Pennycook: The hon. Gentleman is right that the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Act 2017 and the article 50 notification gave effect to their own timetable. That is why it is so important that we have transitional arrangements on current terms that allow us flexibility to negotiate the final deal. I will return to this point later, but there is no way that, before we leave in March 2019, we...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Matthew Pennycook: If it is all right, I am going to make a bit of progress because many Members wish to speak. As I have said, I do not think there is a need for the powers in clause 9 because secondary legislation of a similar type could be included in the withdrawal agreement and implementation Bill. Why the need for such powers? We do not think there is any justification for them. I look forward to hearing...


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